Massage Therapists

Massage therapy is a broad term referring to a number of health-related practices, including Swedish massage, sports massage, Rolfing, Shiatsu and acupressure, trigger point therapy, and reflexology. Although the techniques, or modalities, vary, most massage therapists (or masso-therapists) press and rub the skin and muscles. Relaxed muscles, improved blood circulation and joint mobility, reduced stress and anxiety, and decreased recovery time for sprains and injured muscles are just a few of the potential benefits of massage therapy. Massage therapists are sometimes called bodyworkers. The titles masseur and masseuse, once common, are now rare among those who use massage for therapy and rehabilitation. There are approximately 122,400 massage therapists employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification Required